Sharing Nudes Without Consent Is Now A Crime In Queensland
Threatening to share and sharing intimate pictures or videos of individuals without their consent is now a crime in Queensland.
Laws criminalising sending and threatening to send private material with anyone in any form without the consent of that person passed state parliament on Wednesday.
It covers pictures and videos of someone engaged in a sex act they wouldn't normally do in public, their bare breasts, their genital or anal region either bare or covered only by underwear, and altered images.
The laws will apply to anyone who shares them without the consent of the person filmed or photographed, even if they consented to them being taken at the time, on any platform.
If convicted of those crimes, the guilty party would face a maximum penalty of three years in prison.
Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath says the government is not looking to penalise consenting adults who happily share images with each other.
Instead, they want to crack down on breaches of privacy and avoid the distress caused to victims.
Both Labor and Liberal National Party MPs have voiced their support for the bill, describing the act as a form of violence against women that must carry consequences.
They also made a point of acknowledging material was not always shared for revenge, but as a weapon used to cause hurt, humiliate, coerce and intimidate a victim.
Submissions to legislators called for police training and community education around consent and respectful relationships between young people.
The Centre Against Domestic Abuse shared the story of a woman who discovered a Facebook profile in her name and using images of her naked.
"About six months later Jane became aware that her husband had distributed the images through the letterboxes of her neighbourhood and through her sons' sporting clubs," its submission said.
The centre says the new laws would help women like her to get justice, and fill gaps not covered by existing legal provisions.